Monday, June 17, 2013

50 years since the first woman in space - Valentina Tereshkova

A year ago, we wrote about the first Chinese female space pilot and we wondered what title she would receive: Astronaut, Cosmonaut or Teikonaut (the Chinese version of space pilot). Yesterday, June 16, was the 50 years anniversary of the first woman in space - Valentina Tereshkova.

Here's a congratulatory telegram sent by Foreign Minister Golda Meir to Tereshkova after her historic flight. The cable is interesting because it is written in Russian in Latin characters (the Israeli embassy in Moscow probably converted the telegram to Cyrillic script before delivery to Tereshkova) and because it reflects the commitment of Golda Meir to the advancement of women in the international arena.

RIA Novosti archive, image #612748 / Alexander Mokletsov / CC-BY-SA 3.0

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